A safety off a blocked punt opened the floodgates, and when they were closed, Alabama had inundated Clemson 56-0. In the first half the Crimson Tide held a 35-0 advantage and outgained the Tigers 270 yards to 52.
The going was not so easy for the rest of the Southeastern Conference as Texas A&M smashed LSU 39-8, Kansas conked Kentucky 14-10, Tulane topped Mississippi 14-3 and N.C. State stopped Florida 8-7. In the lone conference contest Georgia roared to four second-half touchdowns to overtake Mississippi State 28-6.
Texas A&M struck from far out to defeat LSU, Bubba Bean, David Shipman and George Woodard scoring on runs of 41, 42 and 66 yards. The Aggies finished with 403 yards total offense to 114 for the Tigers.
With eight minutes remaining, Kentucky seemed to be in excellent shape against Kansas. The Wildcats led 10-7 and had the ball on the Kansas 41. On third and seven, however, Coach Fran Curci ordered an end-around play that he immediately regretted. "I thought about calling time-out, but it was too late," he said. "I screwed up the game. I can't believe I did that. It was a gamble, and there was no need to gamble."
The Wildcats fumbled on the play, and after two 15-yard penalties and a 16-yard run by Laverne Smith they were behind 14-10—for good.
Florida lost after fumbling at its own 38 with 3:25 remaining. On the next play Quarterback Dave Buckey passed 38 yards to Wide Receiver Elijah Marshall for a touchdown and John Evans ran wide for the winning two-point conversion.
In other nonleague games involving Atlantic Coast Conference teams Virginia edged VMI 22-21, Wake Forest fell to Appalachian State 19-17 and Duke dropped a 24-16 decision to South Carolina. Maryland defeated North Carolina in a key league contest 34-7.
Among the independents, Danny Myers ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as Georgia Tech trounced Miami 38-23 and Clyde Walker's two touchdown tosses lifted Florida State past Utah State 17-8.
1. Alabama (1-1)
2. Florida (1-1)
3. Tennessee (1-1)